T.J. Carr and John Bradford have a beautifully engineered plan for a top bar hive. You can find the newly updated plans, released October of 2012 here:

Plans for a top bar honey straining rack, designed by T.J. CarrHoney Straining Rack

Les Crowder’s simple and practical Topbar Hive plans can be found here: Crowder Hive Plans

Other links to topbar plans


  1. […] the updated plans for a beautifully engineered top bar hive. You can find the plans here: […]

  2. Diana Klump on March 26, 2020 at 1:49 PM

    My husband is building a top bar hive and he has some questions on the construction. Would anybody be able to answer some of his questions. Thank you.

    • Mark Sommer on April 1, 2020 at 2:20 PM

      Sure. If I can’t answer, I can get the proper person to answer his questions. What plans is he using for the top bar hive?

  3. clean city on April 27, 2020 at 2:58 PM

    hello can some one tell were I can find a map for bee colonies throughout the city thx

    • Mark Sommer on June 9, 2020 at 9:47 AM

      Just saw this. There is no such map. The closest you’ll get is and most beekeepers are not on there.

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